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The Blue Mile

6 July 2010 No Comment

A team from Riley competed in the Blue Mile, Race for the Environment from the Mayflower Steps on Plymouth’s Barbican on Saturday 3 July. The weather was fantastic for the first running of the Blue Mile, designed to raise awareness of our water environment and to encourage mass participation in events based on and around the water.

There were three competitive events on the first day of the weekend, a mile open-water swim, single/double kayak and stand-up paddleboard. The swim was the most competitive event with nearly 150 swimmers in three “waves” throughout the morning and early afternoon. The kayak (in which there were 5 Riley competitors) starting at around 1.30 pm and the SUP (with 3 of the Riley team) at around 3pm.

The atmosphere around the tented village at the Mayflower Steps was great, competitors mingling with musicians, street artists and visitors to create a frisson of┬áexcitement┬áand anticipation. After registering for the event and changing into race gear, we headed to Elphinstone Car Park for a race and safety briefing before picking up our kit. Some of the Riley team were kayaking or on an SUP for the first time and with a bit of trepidation set out for the start. The breeze was fairly benign within the harbour but on rounding Fishers Nose, there was a fierce head-wind until the half-way mark was rounded. Then it was downwind all the way back to the finish and the most difficult part of the race, getting the “identitag” into the timing machine which was attached to a buoy at the end. There were a few misses there including Alex, who appears to have lost three minutes through a “double-beep”!

As a team we did really well in both our events, winning each heat and coming 6th and 5th in Kayak and SUP respectively. We were however soundly beaten by the Triple Challengers, who did all three events, what stars!

Once finished, a few beers and a good laugh rounded up a really great day. We will be back next year.

My son, Max Stacey has edited together some of the film from the day – we hope you enjoy it.


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